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Ottis and Evelyn Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Wallace State Community College

Hanceville, Alabama

A Fine Arts Facility and a Work of Construction Art

HPM was first hired by Wallace State Community College to oversee the site work package for the Burrow Fine Arts Center. That ultimately expanded into full construction management. The resulting facility became a center for artistic expression on campus, with graphic design labs, studios for a wide variety of visual arts, practice rooms, soundproof music studios and a recital hall. The centerpiece of the facility is the Evelyn Burrow Museum, housing the art collection of one of Wallace State’s most devoted art patrons. It’s no surprise that HPM’s comprehensive services included site security as high-end electronics, priceless ceramics and ten Steinway pianos made their way inside.

Beauty in the Details

The beautiful sights and sounds filling the Burrow Center come courtesy of Wallace State’s artistic students and faculty. Displaying that art in its full glory was the responsibility of HPM’s team. Luckily, discussion with administrators at Wallace State outlined clear requirements. Design of the building had to be both beautiful and functional. Natural light through full-sized glass walls suffused the two-story Commons — a lounge and event space at the center of the facility — but lighting in the art gallery had to be more carefully regulated for the protection, and optimal viewing, of the art. The wood paneling in the auditorium had to be beautiful, but without causing echoes or distortion of sound from onstage. Working with a design and construction team experienced with higher education and fine arts institutions, HPM guided the project to a result that satisfied the owner, numerous professional organizations, arts enthusiasts and the artists whose work was on proud display.

Project Details

52,000 total square-feet
5,000-square-fooot art gallery
Administrative and teaching spaces
Recital halls
250-square-foot auditorium
Practice facilities
American School and University Educational Interiors showcase for outstanding design
ABC Excellence in Construction Award


Wallace State Community College


Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood

HPM Services

Preconstruction Services
Construction Management
Program Management